Sand trucks get new space to operate on East Bank

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Following complaints of safety, sand truck operators will now operate from the outer parking lot at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.

Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill and Junior Minister Deodat Indar, on Saturday met with sand truck owners and operators, who ply their trade in the vicinity of DSL Cash and Carry, Industrial Site, East Bank Demerara Public Road, to discuss relocation from their current operating space.

A press release from the government noted that Sand truck operators were invited to a public meeting with the ministers on Saturday at the Guyana National Stadium.

Ministers Juan Edghill and Deodat Indar speaking with the truck operators (Photo: Ministry of Public Works)

According to the release, during the meeting, Edghill and Indar relayed the complaints of businesses that have been affected by them operating in the Industrial Site area, as well as the danger of them operating from the side of the East Bank Road.

“We know a lot of households are depending on you, and people in construction are depending on you, but relocation is a must, and with this relocation, we can guarantee that everyone will know where to find you, your work will not be hindered, we will put that out there, everyone will know where to find you,” Minister Edghill was quoted as saying in the release.

Sand truck operators during the meeting on Saturday (Photo: Ministry of Public Works)

Minister Indar further stated that the new parking space is just temporary.

“I spoke with President Ali as well, and he said to engage you to get a temporary location until we get a more permanent space for you,” Minister Indar was also quoted as saying.

A team from the Ministry of Public Works will visit the area in the coming days to ensure the parking lot is cleared and outfitted to accommodate the trucks.

The ministers will also meet with the taxi drivers plying their trade from the main entrance of the parking facility, to discuss relocation as well, while a meeting with vendors who are currently operating from the side of the road just outside the parking lot, is also on the schedule.

Approximately 15 sand truck operators/ drivers attended Saturday’s meeting

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